Comp-Tac Victory Gear On Board As 2012 IDPA National Championships Sponsor

by Editor 24. August 2012 01:00
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for competition and concealed carry, has signed on as a major sponsor of the International Defensive Pistol Association’s 2012 National Championships taking place September 19-22 in Oxford, N.C., according to an announcement made today by IDPA officials.

“We are grateful to Comp-Tac for their continued sponsorship of our National Championships,” said Joyce Wilson, executive director of IDPA. “As one of IDPA's strongest sponsors, Comp-Tac has generously supported many of our major matches and become one of the most popular brands with IDPA members who turn to Comp-Tac for both their competition and carry gear needs.”

Comp-Tac joins ACADEMI, CrossBreed Holsters, CZ-USA, GlockTriggers.com, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Smith & Wesson, and Woolrich Elite Series as a gold level sponsor of the match. As part of their support, Comp-Tac will sponsor two of the 16 stages in the match. They will also be represented in competition by Team Comp-Tac members Randi Rogers, Gordon Carrell, and Gregg Garrett.

“The IDPA Nationals is one of Comp-Tac’s favorite matches of the year and we're proud to once again be a major sponsor. We enjoy not only the competition itself, but also the opportunity it provides to interact with some of our most devoted customers who have made Comp-Tac one of IDPA's top brands,” said Gregg Garrett, owner and president Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

The IDPA National Championships will take place at The Range in Oxford, N.C. As the pinnacle event of the IDPA competitive season, the match will draw more than 300 top shooters vying for the coveted title of National Champion in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

Fore more information, or to get started in this fun and exciting defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

About Comp-Tac:
Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the personal defense and competition market, was founded in 2001 with the intention of designing holsters of the highest quality. Currently, Comp-Tac offers more than 30 products with 92,000 possible variations to accommodate each individual’s lifestyle and needs. Thanks to the great support of their customers Comp-Tac continues to grow and refine their product line. For more information, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, follow @CompTac on Twitter, or visit the Comp-Tac Blog.

About International Defensive Pistol Association:
Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

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Comp-Tac Offers “Hand to Hand” Delivery at IDPA Nationals

by Editor 10. August 2012 07:30
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HOUSTON, Texas - Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of concealed carry and competition holsters, will be a vendor at the upcoming 2012 IDPA National Championship September 18th- 23rd in Oxford, N.C. Any customer who orders between now and August 31st will have the option of picking up their items at the competition.

For a customer to take advantage of the “Hand to Hand” delivery option they will need to make a note of “Picking up at IDPA Nationals” in their order comments. Orders will initially be charged shipping and handling, but the shipping cost will be refunded, in cash, on site when the order is picked up. If for some reason the order is not picked up by 12:00pm on Saturday September 22nd the order will be mailed to the customer after the event.

"Team Comp-Tac will be on site at the IDPA National Championships and we want to give our customers, especially our International customers, the chance to have their items hand delivered at the match. Order now and we will personally hand deliver our holsters to you, intact with our famous Smarties!” said Gregg Garrett, owner and President of Comp-Tac who will also be competing in the match.

Comp-Tac holsters were one of the most popular holsters used at the 2011 IDPA World Championships. In addition to the company’s already popular Competition Kit and Pro Competition Kit, Comp-Tac’s newest product, The International, a Drop /Offset holster will be available on site.

For any questions please contact Comp-Tac customer service at 281-209-3040. For more information on the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, follow Comp-Tac on Facebook, or visit our Blog.

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Introducing The International, Comp-Tac’s New Drop/Offset Holster

by Editor 1. August 2012 18:53
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Comp-Tac Victory Gear announces their newest holster: The International. This outside the waistband holster combines a belt, paddle, and drop/offset holster all into one. The modular mounting system provides the versatility of different mounting options with the superior Kydex holster that Comp-Tac is known for.

Belt Mount: The Belt mount is the most popular holster among competition shooters, a secure holder that is designed with a curve to fit comfortably on the hip. The Belt Mount will accommodate either a 1.5 inch belt or a 1.75 inch belt.

Paddle Mount: The Paddle Mount is the answer to anyone who wears many different styles of pants. You no longer will have trouble feeding the holster around your belt loops. The paddle slips over the belt and inside the waistband for a comfortable, secure fit that is quick and easy to put on or take off. With vents in the paddle portion this is a cool and comfortable option.

The Drop-Offset: Comp-Tac has worked for years on the best way to fit each person’s shape and size. The drop offset is the answer. The Drop-Offset piece is specifically designed to help set the pistol away from the body and drop it to a lower position for a more comfortable draw. Designed with a cross brace to keep stable during the draw, the Drop-Offset is ideal for lady shooters whose waist and hip measurements can make proper holster fit a challenge.

The Holster: Made completely of Kydex, the holster portion of The International is the fastest material to draw from. Designed with 8 mounting holes the holster can be configured for a straight/speed draw, an FBI cant, or a cross draw rearward cant. Easily changeable, the holster is compatible with mounting systems offered by other holster manufacturers. The raised lettering on the front specifies the make and model your holster accommodates so you will never forget what gun it goes with.

The International is configured to the customer’s specification at time of order and any additional mounting components are packaged with the holster along with an Allen wrench. The International is available for 18 different gun makes; including GLOCK, Smith & Wesson M&P, 1911, Springfield XDM and CZ models. The mounting elements are black but the holster itself is available in three color options: black, red and digital camo. The International can be ordered online or is available in person from stocking Comp-Tac Dealers, and is available for right handed or left handed shooters for a factory direct price of $69.00 (for standard black color).

For more information on The International, and the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com. To follow the latest news about Team Comp-Tac, “Like” Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, Twitter at @CompTac or visit our Blog.

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From Texas, With Kitty: Bragging Rights

by Editor 1. July 2012 09:01
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By all accounts - and we do mean all - yesterday's Texas State IDPA Championship was a huge success. And that's due in no small part to the dedicated work of the match hosts, Collin County IDPA, who have built a strong club structure for developing excellent SOs and MDs. Check out Kitty's feature in yesterday's The Shooting Wire on how CCIDPA is winning bragging rights for the best SO staff in IDPA.

Besides a top-flight staff, and Comp-Tac's air-conditioned tent, the Texas championship also boasted IDPA dignitaries Bill and Joyce Wilson, who stopped by to see Cody, C.J., and the rest of Collin County IDPA put on a flawless match. Also attending the match was Zulu, Bill's and Joyce's new seven week old Belgian Shepherd Dog (or Malinois) puppy. No word yet on whether Zulu will be the new IDPA mascot.
ABOVE: MD Cody Ray and SOI C.J. Pruszynski welcome shooters to the match.
BELOW: Brian Strickler makes a few suggestions about Tiger Team rule changes, and Bubba was happy to hear them.

ABOVE: Armadillos were all over Northeast Texas. Meaning Team Armadillo Concealment was everywhere in Greenville.
BELOW: Kitty Richards hangs out with Bill Wilson who, along with Joyce, stopped by to see Collin Co. IDPA in action.

ABOVE: Bubba puts Comp-Tac's AC unit through extensive testing before giving it a Tiger Team seal of approval.
BELOW: That don't hunt, but she probably shoots. Joyce and Bill Wilson's new puppy, Zulu.

Photos courtesy of Kitty Richards.

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From Texas, With Kitty: BREAKING NEWS ALERT Comp-Tac To Offer AC?

by Editor 27. June 2012 17:08
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This just in...

DOWN ZERO's Lone Start State Bureau Chief, Kitty Richards, reports that Houston-based holster manufacturer, Comp-Tac Victory Gear, is rumored to be hosting an air-conditioned tent at the Texas State IDPA Championship. With temperatures expected to close in on 100 degrees during the competition, the possibility of an air-conditioned refuge for shooters seeking to escape the brutal Texas heat is now a major topic of discussion.

My sources tell me that representatives from Comp-Tac, concerned about the impact triple-digit heat could have on the match, have been spotted at the local rent-all facility. Speculation is that this visit was a precursor to renting a portable air-conditioning unit. Several officials here at Collin County IDPA say that's a good indicator that Comp-Tac is indeed planning on having a fully air-conditioned tent.

While we have yet to confirm this rumor with Comp-Tac officials, who have been unavailable for comment, if true, this is huge news and I'm going on record right now and predicting big sales in the Comp-Tac vendor tent. - Kitty

Calls to Comp-Tac headquarters have not been returned, but sources close to the company say to expect an official announcement within the next 24 hours.

Stay tuned for additional news and announcements from the Texas State IDPA Championship.

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Countdown To The Cup: Randi Rogers vs. Randi Rogers

by Editor 11. June 2012 19:51
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Randi Rogers is one of the most recognized names in competitive pistol shooting and she's racked up countless titles in several disciplines along the way. In IDPA competition, Randi is frequently taking High Lady honors, like she did earlier this year at the Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals where she finished 7th Master with a score of 193.74 (70). She also took High Lady at the European Cup, again shooting SSP and finishing with 198.07 (39) for 2nd Master.

While she'll just about never admit it - out of respect for her fellow lady competitors, and respect for the sport - Randi is the odds-on favorite to take High Lady at this year's Carolina Cup. But for the former Team Glock shooter now shooting - and working - for Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Randi Rogers' focus is squarely on beating last year's Carolina Cup High Lady...Randi Rogers.

Randi Rogers

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
RR: I have competed at the Carolina Cup for the past three years.

DZ: What division did you shoot and where did you finish?
RR: Last year I shot Stock Service Pistol (SSP) where I finished High Lady, and 4th SSP Master.

DZ: Are you shooting SSP again this year?
RR: Yes. This year I am again competing as an SSP Master and going for the High Lady title.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on in your practice leading up to The Cup?
RR: The thing that I am practicing most to get ready for the Carolina Cup is setting up in position. When you are practicing to shoot from cover it is important that you put your feet in the proper position and extend the gun toward the target quickly. I have a bad habit of spending too much time looking at my feet and waiting too long to extend the gun.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
RR: I will be shooting my Comp-Tac holster and magazine pouches. I will be shooting 147 grain Atlanta Arms & Ammo with my 5.11 vest, ELS Eyewear and customer molded earplugs. Hopefully I won’t need a flashlight but if I do I will have my trusty SureFire!

DZ: Do you have any formal sponsors? (pretend like we don't already know)
RR: Yes, Comp-Tac!

DZ: You probably shot more matches in more disciplines than most shooters. What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
RR: I love the stages the most at the Carolina Cup. Frank Glover does an excellent job with the stages. There are always opportunities for risk and reward where you can risk making a mistake but if you manage not too, the reward is great! The stages are also great in that they challenge even the most experienced shooter, but at the same time even a newer shooter can complete the course of fire with no problems.

DZ: What is the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
RR: The hardest part of the Cup is waiting for it each year! I love to attend and see all my old friends and shoot some great stages and sometimes it is too long a wait.

DZ: Where do you think you will finish this year?
RR: I try not to worry about where I finish. I always just set a personal goal of shooting my best. If I can shoot with no mistakes I will be happy!

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
RR: The only person I am trying to beat is me.

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
RR: I love the Carolina Cup and look forward to shooting, heat, humidity bugs and all.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Randi for taking time away from her practice and her job (sorry about that, Gregg) to answer our questions about preparing for The Cup. We also want to wish her good luck as she faces off against last year's High Lady, Randi Rogers. We hear she's a hard shooter to beat but we have faith in Randi.

If you are attending the Carolina Cup, Randi, along with Team Comp-Tac's Gordon Carrell and Gregg Garrett, will be on-hand throughout the match and will be happy to talk to you about Comp-Tac's holsters and mag pouches, and assist you in picking out the right gear for competition or concealed carry use.

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Comp-Tac Victory Gear Releases Full Complement of IWB Holsters for Walther PPQ

by Editor 11. June 2012 07:57
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HOUSTON, Texas - Comp-Tac Victory Gear LLC, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the concealed carry and competition market, announces the release of all their Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters for the Walther PPQ.

Comp-Tac, whose beginnings were in holsters specifically for concealed carry, offers the largest variety of IWB holsters on the market. The IWB line up includes the MTAC, CTAC, Neutral Cant, Spartan, Gladiator, Infidel, Two O'clock as well as the IWB Concealment Pouch. All items are available online at www.Comp-Tac.com.

"Inside the waistband holsters are extremely popular with our customers. For those who want to carry in the most discrete way possible the IWB is the answer. Comp-Tac is committed to making the most comfortable concealed carry holsters, with the widest array of options possible. We are proud to add the Walther PPQ to our lineup," explained Comp-Tac Owner and President Gregg Garrett.

The Minotaur Tuckable Adjustable Cant (MTAC) holster is an IWB hybrid design combining the comfort of leather with the secure retention and fast draw of Kydex. The MTAC is available in either right or left side carry, can accommodate belt widths of 1.25, 1.5, and 1.75 inches and is offered with several color and mounting options. The MTAC has a factory direct price of $85.00.

The Concealable Tuckable Adjustable Cant (CTAC) holster is an outstanding IWB choice for warmer weather, offering an all Kydex body with leather mounting tabs for the flexible adjustable clips. The CTAC is available in both a right or left handed configuration, for belt widths of 1.25, 1.5, or 1.75 inches and several different clip style and color options. The CTAC has a factory direct price of $80.00.

The Minotaur Neutral (Appendix Carry) Cant holster is an IWB hybrid holster that offers all of the same features of the MTAC, but can be worn in an appendix carry position as well as being worn behind the hip. The Neutral Cant, is available in right and left-side carry with configuration options for belt widths of 1.25, 1.5, and 1.75 and various options in color and clip style. The Neutral Cant has a factory direct price of $85.00.

The Minotaur Spartan holster is a more economical alternative to the MTAC; the Minotaur Spartan employs a natural finish single piece leather backing that allows the Kydex body to be affixed directly to the leather backing. The Spartan is available in left and right side carry with all of the size, color, and style mounting clips that we offer for our Neutral Cant and MTAC holsters. The Spartan has a factory direct price of $69.00.

The Minotaur Gladiator holster is a close fitting Outside the Waistband hybrid holster. The Gladiator is composed of a leather back and a Kydex shell much like the MTAC, however, the Gladiator attaches to the belt outside the waistband with leather loops that can be adjusted to 1.25, 1.5, or 1.75 inches. The Gladiator holster is available either right or left side carry and in a variety of colors. The Gladiator holster has a factory direct price of $85.00.

The all Kydex Infidel holster offers the most versatility in mounting options with four different mounting systems to best fit the user's individual needs. The Infidel holster is also available in right or left handed configurations and belt widths of 1.25, 1.5, or 1.75 inches. The factory direct price for the Infidel ranges from $63.00 to $68.00 depending on the mounting option selected.

The Two O'Clock holster offers the all Kydex body of the Infidel and CTAC, but it gives the option for a Two O'Clock carry position by using a specialized offset clip. This clip attaches to the belt from inside the waistband. The Two O'Clock is available in left or right side carry configurations, with the mounting options of a standard Two O'Clock clip, or a Two O'Clock J-hook in the belt widths of 1.25, 1.50, and 1.75 inches. The Two O'Clock holster has a factory direct price of $60.00.

The Minotaur Concealment Pouch will also be available for the Walther PPQ. This Concealment Pouch allows for discreet IWB carry of a spare magazine. The Minotaur Concealment Pouch will be available in left and right handed configurations, choice of color and the customer's choice of mounting clip. The Concealment Pouch has a factory direct price of $38.50.

For more information on the full line of Comp-Tac holsters and gear, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, follow Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, Twitter at @CompTac or visit our Blog.

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Colt and EAR-East Sponsor IDPA's Carolina Cup

by Editor 10. June 2012 09:05
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BERRYVILLE, Ark. – One of IDPA's biggest championship events just got bigger thanks to the support of firearms industry icon Colt's Manufacturing Company and the hearing protection firm EAR-East, which according to officials with the International Defensive Pistol Association have both signed on as sponsors of this weekend's Carolina Cup.

Colt and EAR-East join Remington Arms and Smith & Wesson, the Carolina Cup's two major sponsors, as well as Blade-Tech, Comp-Tac, Federal Premium Ammunition, GlockTriggers.com, Panteao Productions, Precision Delta, Safariland and Trijicon in supporting the championship.

Colt and EAR-East will each sponsor one of the 16 stages in the match. The Carolina Cup takes place June 14-16 in Oxford, North Carolina with over 370 of IDPA's top competitors expected to attend.

“With the Carolina Cup just days away, excitement for the match is building,” said Scott Ruby, sponsor coordinator for the Carolina Cup. “This year we'll have a record number of shooters competing and that's thanks to the great support we've received from the industry and companies like Colt and EAR-East.”

The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA's three major championships and will be held at The Range in Oxford, where shooters are expected to put upwards of 75,000 rounds downrange in pursuit of titles in Custom Defensive Pistol, Enhanced Service Pistol, Stock Service Pistol, Stock Service Revolver and Enhanced Service Revolver, the five divisions in IDPA competition.

A competitor slot to the Carolina Cup is one of the most highly sought after in the sport due to the match's reputation of providing one of the most challenging courses of fire. Stages are known for their creativity and how they test a shooter's entire skill set. Due to both the match's popularity and the explosive growth in IDPA membership, the Carolina Cup has been sold out since early March.

For more information on the championship visit www.The-CarolinaCup.com, or use #carolinacup to follow match news and competitor updates on Twitter.

Founded in 1996, the International Defensive Pistol Association is the international governing body for IDPA competition which offers shooters a fun, safe, and challenging format to practice and test their gun handling skills through defensive-based scenarios. Today IDPA stands as the fastest growing shooting sport in the United States with over 20,000 members from all 50 states and 54 foreign countries. IDPA's 321 affiliated clubs offer weekly and monthly matches as well as host major championships.

To find a club near you, join IDPA, or just learn more about this exciting and fun defensive pistol shooting sport, visit www.IDPA.com. You can also follow @OfficialIDPA on Twitter, like ShootIDPA on Facebook, watch IDPA TV, or check out the Down Zero Blog to keep up with the latest news.

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Countdown To The Cup: It's Ken Lambert's First Time

by Editor 8. June 2012 16:36
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Ken Lambert is heading to the Carolina Cup for the first time. DOWN ZERO asked Ken how he's preparing to compete in one of, if not the most challenging of IDPA's major championships.

Ken Lambert

DZ: When did you start shooting competitively?
KL: I got invited to an IDPA match for the first time in June of 2010 by a good friend, Dave Mowbray (up at Pemi), and I have been hooked on the shooting sports ever since. My first sanctioned match was the 2011 Smith & Wesson Indoor Nationals, which I was able to attend after being wait listed.

DZ: When did you join and start shooting IDPA?
KL: I joined IDPA in the summer of 2010.

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
KL: This will be my first time shooting there.

DZ: What division are you shooting this year?
KL: Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) /Expert.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on the most leading up to The Cup?
KL: Due to lack of time to get to a local range (closest range is Pioneer which is 45 minutes away) I will be practicing dry fire exercises every night leading up to the event. I attend local matches in the area for my live fire practice. When I do get to a range I use Mike Seeklander’s book to assist in my training. It will allow me to be very specific in what skills I want to practice without wasting time and money. Keeping a log, such as logs on Rangelog.com, of the type of ammo and the times I do for that practice allows me to track if I’m getting better or worse, which allows me to focus more specifically on my weaker skills with my limited time.

DZ: Are there any specific drills you are incorporating into your practice sessions?
KL: For dry fire practice I normally do stationary draws and reload types of exercises but vary in days of practice. Things I know I'm weak in, IDPA reloads and shooting from cover on my weak side, I mix them in throughout the week.

For live fire practice it's mainly moving into positions, keeping the gun oriented on the target before you see it, and planting your feet in such a way that you don't get called for cover. I feel that will allow me catch up on time during bigger stages if I can pull it off right.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
KL: Using a borrowed SW1911, Comp-Tac holster, handloads for ammo and a vest I picked up at an Army/Navy store. The back story with the borrowed gun is that I was able to get Master in SSP and ESP via match bumps. My goal in April was to see if I can get to CDP Master by the end of June, and Carl Manoogian has graciously lent me his gun to see if I can pull it off. I have the Massachusetts State Championship and the Carolina Cup for matches in June, and a classifier at the end of the month as a fall back to meet my goal.

For shooting glasses I use ESS.

For hearing protection I just use foam ear protection from the local hardware store. I can get 50-100 in each package. My wife ends up using them too when I snore. Lately I have been using EP3 or EP4 Sonic Defenders from Surefire, but usually it becomes uncomfortable in my right ear during the last half of a match so I replace it with a foam one.

My flashlight is a Fenix TK12. A bit bigger than most but I've gotten use to it.

DZ: Do you have any sponsors?
KL: I’m currently a member of Team RangeLog. I am participating in the contingency program that TDS is putting on mainly as a local competition between some friends.

DZ: What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
KL: Traveling and participating in events with so many like minded people from different areas of the country and world. I have met some great people that I now consider good friends after first meeting them during a match.

DZ: What do you think will be the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
KL: Not making a mental error that would cause me to inadvertently give up points on a stage. Simple mental errors have, in the past, cost me the difference between a 1st place win and a 7th place showing.

DZ: Where do you think you will finish this year?
KL: My goal is 1st CDP Expert.

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
KL: Whoever was going to get 1st CDP/EX. There are so many phenomenal shooters in this sport now, I would just be happy to share the stage with them.

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
KL: It is something I’m looking forward to since getting notified that I got in. As long as I have a good time, it will be all worth it for me.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Team RangeLog's Ken Lambert. Next, we talk to the defending High Lady to find out how Team Comp-Tac's Randi Rogers is preparing for The Cup.

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Countdown To The Cup: Lee Bautista Is Shooter Ready

by Editor 7. June 2012 18:46
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There's no denying the importance the Carolina Cup holds  as one of IDPA's three major matches. Known by those that have shot the match as one of, if not the most challenging of IDPA's championships, preparing for The Cup can take on a life its own for some shooters. DOWN ZERO talked to Lee Bautista about his preparations. And yes, he's the same Lee Bautista that helped us put together the list of local eateries and other business to make your trip to Oxford, N.C. a little easier. Take a look at his picture so you know who to thank when you cross paths with Lee later next week.

DZ: When did you start shooting competitively?
LB: I shot my first IDPA Classifier in June 2009. So, looking back, I got the bug around April that year. The first time I shot a handgun was in February '09 with our neighborhood gun club at an indoor range.

DZ: When did you join and start shooting IDPA?
LB: I shot my first match in April 2009 at the Mecklenburg Wildlife Club in Charlotte, NC. It looks like I joined IDPA very soon after in May and then classified in June.

DZ: How many times have you shot the Carolina Cup?
LB: Once, the 2011 Carolina Cup which I shot in a single day.

DZ: What division did you shoot in and where did you finish?
LB: I shot in the Stock Service Pistol (SSP) division finishing 9th of 33 Experts.

DZ: What division are you shooting this year?
LB: This year I'll be shooting Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) where I am classified as a Sharpshooter.

DZ: Why the change from SSP to ESP?
LB: I really wanted to start advancing equally in both SSP and ESP Divisions using the same pistol setup; so now that I have a classification for Expert in SSP, I've been working towards a match bump to ESP/EX. Then, for the next three or four years, shoot for a bump to SSP/MA and ESP/MA, if that's even achievable for me. I'll definitely be trying.

DZ: What part of your shooting are you focusing on the most leading up to The Cup?
LB: Mental toughness and specifically working on keeping my head in the game when distracted or when things don't go my way. It's a long day so, this means shooting as many major matches that I can leading up to the Cup to get acclimated. Basic skills like shooting on the move, timing of the gun and reloading from different positions during practice sessions have also been a focus.

DZ: Are there any specific drills you are incorporating into your practice sessions?
LB: Lately, I'm going back to basics and working on group shooting at 25 yards to work on trigger control, doing Matt Burkett Timing Drills to really learn the timing of the gun at speed and then doing Brian Enos' transition drills. In looking back at past major matches, these are some things I need to focus on during live fire practice sessions. It's tough because the gains are small and I'm not at all patient with this process! For dry fire sessions, I've been doing par times for tac reloads and sight acquisition drills from different positions or from the draw (based off of Steve Anderson's book) and movement from position to position. Getting out of cars safely and quickly too. Since live fire practice is only once or twice a month, I am reliant upon dry fire to maintain a current skill set while still getting some practice in.

DZ: What gear will you shoot in The Cup?
LB: I'll be shooting a Glock 34 (with a GlockTriggers.com kit) from a Comp-Tac Holster/Mag Pouches. My ammo is handloaded, and my vest is an old Eotac vest.


DZ: Any particular brand of shooting glasses and hearing protection? Range bag? Etc?
LB: I'm using the persimmon colored lenses for the Oakley Flak Jacket frame since they work well in low light as well as during sunny days. They also work well for driving, so they serve a dual purpose. For hearing protection, I've been switching back and forth between Howard Leight Impact Sport electronic muffs and EarPro Sonic Defenders depending upon comfort. Sometimes earplugs are all I need and the EarPros are cheap to replace since I seem to lose them frequently. My range bag is that big black MidwayUSA Special that you see everywhere you go. Sometimes I just carry around the smaller insert that it comes with. I also haul around a CamelBak for most of the year since I typically drink a liter or more of water per match as it's easier to carry water that way than in the heavy bag.

DZ: Any formal sponsors?
LB: No formal sponsors.

DZ: What do you like most about shooting The Cup?
LB: The Carolina Cup is one of the most sought after major matches in IDPA. The number one thing I like is the camaraderie. When I look over to the bay on either side, I see so many folks that I know from the region and even shooters from other states or countries. It's nice to wave hello as we're all truly pulling for each other to do well. And who can resist giving Toni Honey Bunny a big hug? Frank and his staff are pros at running so many shooters through, so the pace of the match is very good. That would be a close second.

DZ: What is the hardest part about shooting The Cup?
LB: To me, the Cup is like the Daytona 500 of shooting sports. Participating proves that you've dedicated a considerable amount of time to compete. So, the hardest part about shooting the Cup is the (self-imposed) pressure to do well and meet a goal.

DZ: Any guess as to where you will finish this year?
LB: My goal is to finish in the top three in my division and classification and have a great time at the match.

DZ: If you could beat any shooter at this year's Carolina Cup who would it be?
LB: At the level that I'm competing in, there are a number of local and regional shooters where we have a healthy, friendly competitive nature between all of us. You know who you are!

DZ: Is there anything else you want to mention about your preparation for The Cup?
LB: For me, the biggest part of shooting major matches is doing all you can to manage stress and stay focused during game week. So, things like following a checklist, ensuring a good night's sleep, eating well, a positive attitude, and staying healthy have the greatest of gains. The shooting will fall into place.

DOWN ZERO wants to thank Lee for taking time away from his Carolina Cup preparation to speak with us. Next up, we talk to Team RangeLog's Ken Lambert about his plans for....The Cup.

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